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Andrew Body Takes Redshirt Year at Texas Southern: A Glimpse into the Future


Junior QB Andrew Body has taken a redshirt year. Photo: Andrew Body Twitter/ Instagram
Junior QB Andrew Body has taken a redshirt year. Photo: Andrew Body Twitter/ Instagram

The future of Texas Southern University's football program is taking an intriguing turn as junior quarterback Andrew Body announces his decision to take a redshirt year, extending his NCAA eligibility beyond his senior season. While the road ahead for Body remains uncertain, there's a resolute determination in his decision that suggests he's gearing up for a triumphant return to the gridiron in 2024.


The announcement came through social media, where Body revealed his choice to "proceed with a Medical Redshirt this season." For the Corpus Christi native, this decision is not just about preserving his eligibility; it's about ensuring he's at his absolute best when he steps back onto the field.


Body's journey to this point has been filled with ups and downs. His promising career was temporarily derailed when he suffered a shoulder injury in a game against Alabama A&M at the end of the 2022 season. During the offseason, he embarked on an intensive rehabilitation journey, working tirelessly to mend his throwing shoulder. It's apparent that the road to recovery might be more extended than initially anticipated, hence the decision to redshirt this season.

Body's announcement to redshirt via social media. Photo: Andrew Body Twitter/ Instagram
Body's announcement to redshirt via social media. Photo: Andrew Body Twitter/ Instagram

While Andrew Body focuses on healing and strengthening his shoulder, the Texas Southern Tigers will turn to Jace Wilson as their new starting quarterback. Coach Clarence McKinney's squad faced adversity with Wilson at the helm, enduring three consecutive losses. Among these losses was a tough defeat in Week 4 against Grambling State, where Wilson displayed flashes of potential by completing 14 of 24 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown.


The Tigers did find solace in their Homecoming game against Lincoln (CA), emerging victorious with an emphatic 52-7 win. As they prepare for the challenges that lie ahead, including an upcoming showdown with Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach, Florida, the team faces an uphill battle this season.

In 2022 Andrew injured his throwing shoulder and this year he needs more recovery time. Photo: Andrew Body Twitter/ Instagram
In 2022 Andrew injured his throwing shoulder and this year he needs more recovery time. Photo: Andrew Body Twitter/ Instagram

The question now lingers: how will Andrew Body fit into this evolving narrative? The redshirt year not only provides him with ample time to heal but also affords him the opportunity to observe, learn, and strategize. As he watches from the sidelines, Body will undoubtedly absorb valuable insights into the dynamics of the team, its strengths, and areas that need improvement.


For Texas Southern and its devoted fan base, the anticipation of Body's return is palpable. The Labor Day Classic against Prairie View A&M in 2024 could very well mark a triumphant comeback for the talented quarterback, and fans can't wait to see him back in action.


As Andrew Body embarks on this new chapter in his football journey, there's a sense of optimism that permeates the Texas Southern community. His decision to prioritize long-term success and recovery is a testament to his commitment to the game and his team. While his future remains shrouded in mystery, one thing is certain: when Andrew Body steps back onto the field, he'll do so with a renewed vigor, ready to lead the Tigers to new heights.

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